Maurice Sendak was a big part of my childhood. I have fond memories of the Pacific Northwest Ballet production of the Nutcracker. I loved his set pieces in particular with their lyrical lines and vibrant colours. I also loved hearing Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen read aloud and I still love reading them both to my own children. In his work, Maurice Sendak was forward thinking, funny and kind without being cloying or patronizing. He didn’t mince words when it came to uncomfortable realities. As a moderately sophisticated kid myself I got that. Knowing those characters were out there made childhood a little easier I think. As a grown up I love this reading by Christopher Walken. I have to think he liked it too.